John Harwood is Chief Washington Correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. Harwood hosts the CNBC Digital original video series "Speakeasy with John Harwood."
Harwood was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside of the nation's capital. He has been around journalism and politics all his life; his first trip on a presidential campaign press plane came when he was 11 years old and accompanied his father, then a political reporter for The Washington Post.
While still in high school, he began his journalism career as a copy boy at The Washington Star. He studied history and economics at Duke University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978. Harwood subsequently joined The St. Petersburg Times, reporting on police, investigative projects, local government and politics. Later he became state capital correspondent in Tallahassee, Washington correspondent and political editor. While covering national politics, he also traveled extensively to South Africa, where he covered deepening unrest against the apartheid regime.
In 1989, Harwood was named a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he spent the 1989-90 academic year. In 1991, he joined The Wall Street Journal as White House correspondent, covering the administration of the George H. W. Bush. Later Harwood reported on Congress. In 1997, he became The Wall Street Journal's Political Editor and chief political correspondent.
While at The Wall Street Journal, Harwood wrote the newspaper's political column, "Washington Wire," and oversaw the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. In March 2006, he joined CNBC as Chief Washington Correspondent.
In addition to CNBC, Harwood offers political analysis on "NBC Nightly News" and PBS' "Washington Week in Review," among other television and radio programs. Harwood has covered each of the last eight presidential elections.
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President-elect Donald Trump says former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani took himself out of running for Secretary of State. CNBC's John Harwood reports.
CNBC's John Harwood reports that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) will be selected as Labor secretary under President-elect Trump.
CNBC's John Harwood reports that President-elect Donald Trump is set to pick Goldman Sachs COO Gary Cohn as the director of the National Economic Council.
CNBC's John Harwood reports President-elect Trump has added another pick to his cabinet.
CNBC's John Harwood reports on Donald Trump's latest Cabinet picks, including Andy Puzder as Labor secretary.
CNBC's John Harwood reports retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis is being considered for a position in President-elect Trump's cabinet.
President-elect Donald Trump is to nominate Linda McMahon, former WWE CEO, to serve as Administrator of the Small Business Administration. CNBC's John Harwood reports.
CNBC's John Harwood reports that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen EPA critic and Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head up that agency.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest on President-elect Donald Trump's transition to the White House including his comments about selling all his stock holdings back in June.
CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest transition meetings in Trump Tower including Masayoshi Son of Softbank and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.